USBA's monthly newsletter for June 2016. Headlines include: Letter from USBA's President, NSBA News, Legislative Update, etc...
The Board Bulletin June 2016

A Letter from USBA's New President,
Nancy Kennedy

“School’s out for Summer” is the refrain heard across the state as kids, teachers and administrators stream out the doors and into the sunlight. Textbooks are turned in and backpacks change contents from calculators and pencils to smashed sandwiches, holey sneakers and special rocks picked up on hikes. Schedules change as moms prepare chore charts, vacation days and summer reading lists. School boards change a little too, suits and ties worn at board meetings give way to short sleeves and sandals and we take a communal deep breath as we think of the year to come. We’ve all been busy reviewing School Improvement plans and it’s a good feeling to think of the goals and activities that each of our schools have planned. So much work and analysis has gone into each of these plans, student data, test results, workable goals for progression, these all help our teachers and students improve teaching and learning conditions and target the most critical academic needs. These plans have great value to improve the climate for the schools of Utah.

So, with all the evaluation and discussion that has gone into these plans, have you considered evaluating you own board work using the Key Performance Indicators? Research shows that Highly Effective Boards boost student achievement and as school boards lead by example, we can propel our districts forward. The purpose of the Key Performance Indicators is to help initiate discussion for improved functionality of the board, identifying strengths and challenges of the board and help strengthen the board’s ability to impact student achievement. It’s a fairly simple process. A customizable survey is sent to each member of your board, this can be done either online or by hard copy. Richard and the staff at the USBA office then compile the data into bar graphs and if you desire, Richard will come to your board meeting and help walk you through the results. The survey is a simple tool, the information that it provides can do wonders to help you develop board goals and promote continuous improvement in your district. It can help align and sustain resources, such as professional development, it can help you lead as a united team with the superintendent, and can help with collaboration and mutual trust.

That’s a lot of benefits to promise from a couple of extra hours of board time! I encourage you to use these slower summer days to engage your board in a Key Performance Indicator session. You will come away with a shared belief about what is possible for students and their ability to learn and progress in your district. Happy Summer to you!


NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

As you are reading this many of us have finished graduations and many are having them in the next few days. I hope everyone had the opportunity to shake the hands of students and congratulate them on a job well done. This is a great time of year. It is also a time to thank all of our teachers, administrators and support service employees who affect the lives of so many throughout the year. Public Education is in great hands.

June 9 - 14th I have NSBA board meetings and the Advocacy Institute in Washington DC. During the Advocacy Institute we have many opportunities to learn and network with others across the country. We also have opportunity to discuss legislative issues on the national level, hear from some of our members of congress, and go to Capitol Hill to visit our Utah legislators. I have been asked as the President of NSBAC to take a few minutes and introduce some exciting information and tools that we can use as members of the "Friends of Public Education" network in this upcoming presidential/legislative election.

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Recent Legislation

USBA is committed to keeping public education at the forefront of Utah's Legislature.

Click here to read Dr. Patti Harrington's final article.

"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."

- Clay P. Bedford

Safety Spotlight - USBA Loss Control Training Available

As we draw to the close of the 2015-2016 school year, it is time to reflect on the highs and lows, as it pertains to safety, regarding our employees and the year they had.

Time moves swiftly and before you know it, we will be bringing our staff back together for training and preparation for the 2016-2017 school year. As you prepare for next year and the staff training that coincides with getting ready, I would like to offer the services and experience of the USBA Loss Control staff, to assist you in employee training, as it pertains to safety.

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Seminar

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Board Bulletin, June 2016-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor